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The day they left

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Mariano、Chris、Gabe。
Upon seeing them, you get such strong feelings。
You could sense that the three of them loved people、loved Japan。




Mariano was the most energetic of the three.
He'd wander off before you'd realize、
and find himself lost sometimes! haha

But that just showed how much interest he had in Japan、and that made us all very happy。

His partner Haruka and he got a long well,
but she was no match for him! lol(笑)

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Chris is a kid who loves Japanese music and comedy。
When they arrived at Odawara station on the 22nd, he was the shiest of the bunch, but after a while, during the many events of the trip, he gradually opened up and became quite assertive!

nande ya nen!!naitehen wa!
Quite often spouting these Osaka-dialect Japanese phrases、he learned so much、he became a master of Osaka-ben^^(笑)

It was a perfect pairing with Rumina。
When Rumina misplaced her cell phone, Chris quickly said something that reminded her of exactly where it was。
Chris' intuition was spot on! Well, most likely。

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Gabe!
At first glance, he's kinda scary-looking、but the truth is he's so gentle and a handsome guy。
His partner, Chihiro's family said the same thing。

Every time you meet him, you get a hearty welcome、
always up for anything・・・even Karaoke was outrageous!(゚Д゚)ノ(笑)

He always took others into consideration, Chula Vista delegation's manager!
At least, that was my impression。

How does he communicate with Chihiro, I wonder?
Well, she also is a high energy type, so I bet it's really fun!^^(笑)

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Two weeks is just not enough time to learn all about Japan, most likely.
It was probably enough, though, to jumpstart their interest and desire to learn more about Japan, we hope。


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August 4th 10:30am, they're off。

Goodbye all!

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lol

Presently, with the Odawara delegation, they're doing events in Chula Vista。
We got high hopes for the girls and their exchange!Don't we?!

We hope next time we can get a report from the girls in Chula Vista。



Finally, videos of the three and their Sayonaras!

Chris

http://vision.ameba.jp/watch.do?movie=2891141

Gabe

http://vision.ameba.jp/watch.do?movie=2891184

Mariano

http://vision.ameba.jp/watch.do?movie=2891218

Hiroaki。

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As planned, OIFA had a BBQ at ikoi-no-mori. Afterwards, we went to the Odawara 「Chochin Matsuri」(lantern festival)

About 60 people took part in the events of the dayヽ(*'0'*)ツ

Thanks to the people at the City Hall Cultural Exchange Division for their help in preparations

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Preparations moving along steadily、it's time to BBQ


Thanks for bringing the family!!

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These two are former Tokimeki International School participants Thanks for your support☆Come back next time too, please!!

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We have here Korean exchange students at Tokai University !

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Our delegates enjoying themselves「Say cheese」


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Chula Vista delegates look delighted to enjoy a Japanese BBQ

OIFA's Beraud family. Nice shot


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Robert, what's with this pose? ha笑ha (Translator's note: I don't know what I was doing with this pose...seppuku?)



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Because of the 35 degree blistering heat that day。。。

Everyone returned to their childhood during the・・・・・・↓

Water gun fight! To everyone's delight (;^_^A

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I also returned the favor to Chiba's behind(ha笑ha


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SummerBBQ tradition Watermelon splitting


Chris' try

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Ooh~、so close

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As for the Herculean Mariano。。。

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He might have totally destroyed it if he hit it just right(whew

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Finally、the leader of the Odawara delegation, Miku

She's turned just a little sideways, but。。。。

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Amazing display of skill and expertly timed as the last of the delegates

Afterwards、Chula Vista delegates introduce their city to everyone

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A little side note。
Chula Vista is very warm. Because the climate is similar to Odawara's(but a lot drier and sunnier. It feels great)、
citrus fruits like oranges and lemons are found in abundance。
Also、Mexico is very close by、so going back and forth is very simple。
By the way, San Diego is just a 20 minute drive so it's a very convenient place

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All in attendance eagerly listened to their tale~


At this point、we are stuffed! Afterwards we went back to Odawara City for their summer festival
『Chochin Matsuri』(Lantern Festival)。

To be continued~

taka
Hello!
This time it's the Odawara City tour report♪

This time we went to the Odawara Environmental Business Center。
All of Odawara's garbage is collected and sorted here. The inside is enormous!


Pardon the intrusion, everyone!( ´∀`)ノ


A big crane smashes the garbage into easily burnable pieces, later ashes.

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This is the central control room。

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It's a 24hour operation!



After that, we saw the PET Bottle sorting facility。

PET bottles travel along the conveyor belt。
Several workers look out for caps on the bottles and other miscellaneous garbage。

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Lots of bottles have caps left on them it seems。
Let's remove those caps on our bottles from now on!!
They say there's no need to remove the label, though^^

This pipe above?sucks up garbage。
Seeing it live、it's surprisingly interesting.w


Most shocking to all of us was to hear that there were other types of garbage hidden inside the PET bottle bags。
Besides things like dead batteries, knives and even wigs have been found to our surprise、

but the MOST surprising discovery was a pet's dead body。
PET bottle→ pet body・・・? They joked at the connection, but isn't it a bit sad><


This man is giving us the aluminum and steel can garbage explanation。
Amongst these cans, gas cans have been mixed up now and then。


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Small explosions often occur he said,
but just recently the roof got blown off!

Not so funny, eh^^; (translator's note: Maybe it's an inside joke...)




Next we went to the Matsunaga Memorial Hall。

Matsunaga Yasuzaemon was an old industrialist who moved to Odawara and built a house (called the "roukyosou") from old zelkova trees. We paid a visitー(゚Д゚)

Incidentally, this "roukyosou" is registered as a Japanese cultural heritage site。
Kanagawa Prefecture has 148 cultural heritage sitesーーー。

Odawara has 14 of the sites^^
Odawara's famous "Daruma" restaurant is one of them!



The last place we went was the Odawara Castle♪


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Unfortunately it was cloudy weather、we had a fun time despite it。ha笑ha


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That's all for now♪



Really wanting to eat Odawara-don Hiroaki signing off。 lol
Hello, it's Hiroaki!

Today is about a week after their arrival but, how was their experience?

The pattern may reveal it!



As we said last time, they arrived on the 22nd。

As for their arrival at Odawara station,
everyone waited with so much excitement!!


Memorial photo♪


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Hiroaki.
こんばんは、Hiroakiです!

今日で来日から一週間となります彼らですが、
この一週間、日本でどのような経験をしてきたのでしょうか?

その模様をお伝えします!



先日のブログにもありました通り、彼らは22日に来日しました。

小田原駅にバスが到着するまでに
全員胸イッパイ!ドキドキワクワクで待っていたに違いありません!!


この日の集合写真・・・
明日までには用意しますので少々お待ち下さいませ♪



Hiroaki.
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